Both with an eye for the unexplored, Em and Gab are two creatives, one from Industrial Design and the other from a fashion background, they are both intrigued and eager to educate the way in which product and fashion can work together to illustrate and intersect various curiosities. With mainstream fashion and furniture increasingly playing homage to the spine, Em and Gab blend the two below and share with us their recent shoot celebrating this notion.
Here they play with the back; strong and sturdy, it is a reliable piece of hardware, in both human and furniture form. When it fractures, things begin to crumble, and quickly.
Featuring the Painters Chair by Australian Industrial Designer, Ash Corbett, and an array of Australian fashion designers, this is the SEPTEMBER EDIT.
B Y G:
With a strong pull towards disrupting the way in which I see everyday objects, I’ve recently began looking at product design to envision these objects as a body form, and to create a look based off what I see. Pulling inspiration from the shape, intricate details, or colour hues of an object, I’ve found a sense of excitement in finding the connotations between these subtle details and the human body.
This thrill, this urge to disrupt, is exactly what I played with when examining the Painters Chair.
At first glance, my mind clocked over to ‘minimalistic’, but upon further inspection, I realised it goes a whole lot deeper than that. Tuning into the words of Ash Corbett, I took key words used throughout his description, and played with them from a fashion perspective.
Two main words resonated with me most: ‘minimal; and ‘aesthetic’. I translated this wording into my own way of thinking, and decided from a fashion perspective, that I would incorporate ‘minimalistic basics with an advanced aesthetic’ into the styling. In other words, basics distinguished by their character, craftsmanship, and versatility.
However, I couldn’t stop there. I am an avid explorer and perfectionist. Reading further, I discovered that Ash designed this chair to heavily accommodate the seat bones and support the muscles either side of the spine in the lower back, encouraging the user to sit upright. Back, being the key word, encouraged me to connect this to the human body. Using cut out detailing in the clothing, I wanted to showcase the spine, and draw focus to the way Ash has done this through the design of the Painters Chair. The end result includes a blazer worn back to front for a delicate tear-drop spine effect, and a distinctive cut out t-shirt by renowned Australian designer, Anna Quan.
B Y E:
With a background in Industrial Design, how products are made and crafted have always been of interest to me. For first hand I know the energy and the effort that goes into creating and iterating a design; from concept development, to manufacturing, to then showcasing the end result. It can be a trying process, that I am well aware of.
As a designer I speak on behalf of us (the collective), when I comment that for each of us individually, there are different and particular parts of the design journey that resonate with us on a personal level. For myself the reward lies, and has always been, in the opportunity granted to celebrate the end product; to showcase the design; to accentuate the features; to own it, and to be proud of it.
It is this reward, this soul satisfying part of the design journey that has, in a roundabout way, led me into the world of product styling. What draws me in and captivates me, is the ability to take a product and share it, acknowledge it, memorialise it. With a curious eye that frames in the abstract, instinctively I knew my proffer to Gab for our first collaboration was that we work with Ash Corbett’s Painters Chair.
It bucks the trend, so to say, with its especial aesthetic; the chair itself is a curious study into ergonomics and aesthetic form, adhering to the MAYA (Most Advanced Yet Acceptable) principle.
The back of the human body, is quite literally, the backbone of our ability to function; and for centuries the human back has been portrayed in art and media, explored in varying levels of posture to represent levels of class and social stature. Much like its human counterpart, the back frame of a chair has also and continues to, drive many to conceptualise and play with its form and structure.
And so it was that this fascination with the back, led the pair of us to delve and interpret Ash’s chair as we did. With eyes unique to our design backgrounds, we bought to life a shoot celebrating the back, across the board.
Creative Direction: Emma Cheg + Gabby Waller
Photography: Heloise Love
Model: Claudia Bhirma, Neon Model Management
Chair: Ash Corbett Design
Fashion: 1st look: Spring Court white sneakers, Alix Yang ring and earrings, Topshop blazer (worn back to front), and Vintage Dior pants.
2nd look: Spring Court white sneakers, Alix Yang ring, Anna Quan t-shirt, and Vintage Dior pants.
Shot on location for The Life Style Edit (TLSE).